During this week, we talked about masculinity and how it is typically seen by society. People often stereotype masculinity by how strong of a man someone is, how many sports they play, how often they go to the gym, etc. People think that the more “manly” things someone does, the more of a man they really are. We see men as “the protectors” of this world. We go to them to help kill a spider, walk us to our car late at night, and do yard work for us. Because of these stereotypes, women often are penalized, or held back, for not being manly. For example, me and my brother are the same age, and we both wanted to ride our bikes around the neighborhood, however, I wasn’t allowed because my parents did not want anything bad to happen to me and thought I would not be able to defend myself. My brother no the other hand was allowed to because he was a boy and they thought he would be able to handle himself if they needed him too. Although sometimes it might be true, society shouldn’t stereotype men for how “manly” they are. If a man is afraid of spiders, isn’t very strong, etc., we look at them like they are less of a man. We shouldn’t judge people on stereotypes. People shouldn’t be judged solely on their gender.